Adam Gase: DeVante Parker has to “understand everything he does is important”

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Wide receiver Kenny Stills is on his way to hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent and hitting his asking price may stretch the Dolphins further than they want to go given the presence of Jarvis Landry at the top of their receiver depth chart.

If Stills moves on, the team will roll on with DeVante Parker complementing Landry in the offense. Parker has played in 30 games over his first two NFL seasons and the 2015 first-round pick has shown the requisite talent for professional success, but coach Adam Gase said Thursday that the team wants to see more consistency and maturity from the wideout in his third NFL campaign.

“Coming in the office at the right time, making sure that you’re doing every little detail right,” Gase said, via the Palm Beach Post. “It’s one of those things that some of us that have been around some really good players take for granted. He’s just got to understand everything he does is important. It’s a trust level with everyone in the building. If you tell someone you’re going to be there at 11 o’clock to lift, be there. Don’t call in and say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to show up today.'”

Gase said that Parker has been “doing good with just staying with his regimen” this offseason and that he had developed better habits when last season came to an end. More of the same would be welcomed in Miami as they prepare for life without Stills in 2017.

7 responses to “Adam Gase: DeVante Parker has to “understand everything he does is important”

  1. Ajayi received Gase’s wake up call much quicker. Only time will tell if he can fully get through to Parker but I wouldn’t bet against it. Gase deserves a lot more credit than he has gotten for his first year in Miami. It was bad enough coach sock puppet in Dallas won COTY but Gase not finishing in the top 3 was a travesty, and that’s coming from a Pats fan.

  2. He has the talent. He obviously lacks the motivation and determination to get to and sustain the highest level. It seems to me that he has survived on his superior talent but that talent is everywhere at the NFL level so he isn’t as special as he thinks he is. He needs to understand that he must apply himself to get better. If he cannot do that, then they should get rid of him when his contract expires because that attitude is bad when combined with a new contract. Those guys get paid and then put forth no effort at all. They seem to believe just being there is enough and all of us know it really isn’t. He better mature real quick or some other team will pay him big money and be disappointed as his effort actually gets worse. Hope the kid makes it in Miami but if he doesn’t he just needs to stare in the mirror to find out why.

  3. “He can be another Paul Warfield”

    Will never happen, the great Paul Warfield was a once in a lifetime WR and the best ever, yes better than Jerry Rice.

    Warfield’s moves, grace, speed, etc were unbelievable to watch, i was fortunate to witness his play in Miami from 1970-1974 years before i moved to the Northeast.

    I recommend everyone watch old Dolphins and Browns games during the Warfield era, HE COULD NOT BE COVERED by even HOF CB’s.

    Remember this was before the 1978 Mel Blount rule changes when DB’s could do whatever they wanted to WR’s.

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